Argos

Enterprise-level reporting tools for colleges & universities

About Argos

Evisions Argos is an enterprise reporting solution that has been designed specifically for deployment within the higher education sector, catering to colleges and universities. The cloud-based software facilitates the running of ad-hoc queries to more sophisticated real time analytics and dashboard creation, with no additional tools or middle layer required. Providing an intuitive UI with a drag and drop report designer, Argos also supports the familiar SQL insert, update, and delete operations necessary to delivering the insights associated with making data-driven decisions.

Argos is built around the construct of DataBlocks, instantiated by authorized power users designated as DataBlock Designers. Report Writers are then able to create and modify their own reports via access to existing DataBlocks, with each DataBlock able to answer the needs of multiple report requirements to promote reuse and reduce development time. Operating within a clutch of user types, Report Viewer users are then capable of viewing created reports within the system with read only access to OLAP (Online Analytical Processing) data cubes and dashboards. A dedicated, connected CO-OP community then feeds into the Argos infrastructure to provide wider sharing among users, while data export options support a range of standard file formats including CSV, PDF, HTML, XLS, RTF and XML. Optional modules then provide more advanced features to extend the system's standard report styles and functionality, such as the addition of interactive chart visualizations within dynamic real time dashboards. Extra chart types including bar graphs and pie charts can be made interactive to provide data drill downs for deeper user analysis, while centralized inbound / outbound data connectivity, OLAP cubes and the Argos API add further flexibility.

Key benefits of Argos

  • Argos is a cloud-based enterprise reporting solution aimed at the higher education sector, promising a full SQL-based platform delivering real time ad hoc reporting capabilities for unlimited users.
  • A range of user types include Report Viewer for running formatted reports and exporting, Report Writer giving access to a built-in wizard for designing and modifying formatted report templates, Datablock Designer for building sections of data, plus Administrator able to manage multiple database connections.
  • Argos includes its own dedicated CO-OP User Community available to all users for sharing reports, Datablocks and also reporting best practices.
  • Advanced features include the Interactive Charting module with real time summary dashboard creation boasting visualization options including bar graph, pie chart, gauges and line plots etc.
  • Data protection and security features promise user authentication, direct ties into database security and AES-based encryption to keep the reporting process and the resulting output protected.
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    Markets

    Canada, United States

    Supported Languages

    English

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    The Interactive Charts feature combines multiple data sources with dynamic real time dashboard creation
    Example report output showing demo data pertaining to invoice information by vendor(s)
    An example of the software's interactive charts feature showing registrar cohort retention
    OLAP Cubes example that demonstrates the option to vislualize data graphically with on-the-fly charting options
    An example of an interactive Argos dashboard highlighting the ability to add custom branding
    Argos is an enterprise reporting solution for the higher education sector boasting secured cloud-based deployment and unlimited user access
    Interactive Charts feature showing a color-coded pie chart detailing IT and user login histories
    An illustration of the software's interactive charting and a financial analytics dashboard showing organizational budgeting
    OLAP Cubes, an advanced feature module, enables Argos users to answer complex queries without requiring custom queries created by a DataBlock Designer
    OLAP Cubes within Argos enable data to be analyzed with greater flexibility, incluidng the ability to run point-in-time statistical and trend analysis
    Fiscal year overview dashboard report, providing an example of how OLAP Cubes structure data hierachically to better reflect the way instution departments are also organized
    With the use of OLAP Cubes, users are able to independently change data views via the dragging of a different dimension
    An OLAP Cube (On-Line  Analytical Processing) example within Argos, showing demo data for Employee Salaries
    An optional extra module, access to the Argos API allows reports and dashboards to be run and delivered securely through third-party tools including web portals and ERPs etc
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    Argos screenshot: The Interactive Charts feature combines multiple data sources with dynamic real time dashboard creation Argos screenshot: Example report output showing demo data pertaining to invoice information by vendor(s) Argos screenshot: An example of the software's interactive charts feature showing registrar cohort retention Argos screenshot: OLAP Cubes example that demonstrates the option to vislualize data graphically with on-the-fly charting options Argos screenshot: An example of an interactive Argos dashboard highlighting the ability to add custom branding Argos screenshot: Argos is an enterprise reporting solution for the higher education sector boasting secured cloud-based deployment and unlimited user access Argos screenshot: Interactive Charts feature showing a color-coded pie chart detailing IT and user login histories Argos screenshot: An illustration of the software's interactive charting and a financial analytics dashboard showing organizational budgeting Argos screenshot: OLAP Cubes, an advanced feature module, enables Argos users to answer complex queries without requiring custom queries created by a DataBlock Designer Argos screenshot: OLAP Cubes within Argos enable data to be analyzed with greater flexibility, incluidng the ability to run point-in-time statistical and trend analysis Argos screenshot: Fiscal year overview dashboard report, providing an example of how OLAP Cubes structure data hierachically to better reflect the way instution departments are also organized Argos screenshot: With the use of OLAP Cubes, users are able to independently change data views via the dragging of a different dimension Argos screenshot: An OLAP Cube (On-Line  Analytical Processing) example within Argos, showing demo data for Employee Salaries Argos screenshot: An optional extra module, access to the Argos API allows reports and dashboards to be run and delivered securely through third-party tools including web portals and ERPs etc

    Features

    Total features of Argos: 50

    • API
    • Ad hoc Reporting
    • Admissions Management
    • Alumni Management Software
    • Applications Management
    • Assessment Management
    • Attendance Management
    • Attendance Tracking Software
    • Authentication Software
    • Automatic Formatting
    • Budgeting/Forecasting
    • Charting
    • Collaboration Tools
    • Curriculum Management
    • Customizable Branding
    • Customizable Dashboard
    • Customizable Templates
    • Customization
    • Dashboard Creation
    • Data Connectors
    • Data Import/Export
    • Data Visualization Software
    • Drag & Drop
    • ERP
    • Facility Management Software
    • Faculty/Staff Management
    • Financial Aid Management
    • Financial Management Software
    • Financial Reporting Software
    • Fundraising Management
    • Higher Education Software
    • Independent/Private
    • Multiple Data Sources
    • Multiple User Accounts
    • OLAP
    • Online Calendar
    • Online Payments
    • PDF Conversion
    • Real Time Data
    • Real Time Reporting
    • Reporting & Statistics
    • Reporting/Analytics
    • Role-Based Permissions
    • Scheduled / Automated Reports
    • Scheduling Software
    • Search/Filter
    • Student Information/Records
    • Student Portal
    • Summary Reports
    • Third Party Integrations

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    Reviews

    Overall rating

    4.5 /5
    (70)
    Value for Money
    4.5/5
    Features
    4.2/5
    Ease of Use
    4.2/5
    Customer Support Software
    4.6/5

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    Stephen F.
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    • Industry: Higher Education Software
    • Company size: 1,001-5,000 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

    Argos replaced Crystal for most our customers on campus. Evisions is an outstanding company.

    Reviewed on 17/04/2018

    Argos allows us to create reports from different databases on campus.

    Argos allows us to create reports from different databases on campus.

    Pros

    The customer service is the best in the business at Evisions. There are a ton of training videos that help in the transition and ongoing use. There a 2 options for creating data blocks with one being for visual users with drag and drop and the other being for more technical users with entering SQL. A lot of our previous Crystal reports could be transferred quickly to Argos with minimal additional work.

    Cons

    Although most of our reports could be transferred quickly, some could not. This led to an entire department staying with Crystal. Their reports were too complicated to move in an efficient manner. There are some limitations to what you can do in the reports, but Evisions does listen to their customers, so updates are done frequently.

    Reginald l. B.
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    • Industry: Higher Education Software
    • Company size: 51-200 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

    Glad We Switches

    Reviewed on 03/12/2019

    Use this for course scheduling, pulling the semester Schedules in a breeze. We also use this for...

    Use this for course scheduling, pulling the semester Schedules in a breeze. We also use this for locating our majors and their emails in order to develop and update our undergraduate lietserv

    Pros

    This is a much better product than Crystal Reports which we used before. It’s quite easy to use! What I like most is that when you print out a data sheet/report on the last page it leaves a trail of how you got to that report. I also like that you can save the reports in various formats to ensure the data prints out accurately.

    Cons

    Our program is ALWAYS down so not sure if that is something related to Argos or the campus system/servers. But, we get emails almost daily that reporting is on hold until an issue is fixed.

    Beverly D.
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    • Industry: Education Management
    • Company size: 201-500 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 6.0 /10

    I am the sole report writer for the school I work for.

    Reviewed on 16/04/2018

    The benefit of having datablocks to store dashboards, reports, charts and olap cubes all in one...

    The benefit of having datablocks to store dashboards, reports, charts and olap cubes all in one place.

    Pros

    I like the way it is designed where you can create datablocks to hold multiple reports, charts and olaps

    Cons

    I have used several other report writer tools and I find Argos to not be as intuitive as it can be.

    Verified Reviewer
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    • Industry: Higher Education Software
    • Company size: 201-500 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

    Excellent Higher Education Enterprise Reporting

    Reviewed on 26/11/2019

    We use Argos to report out of Ellucian's Banner for end users. The software, for these needs, is...

    We use Argos to report out of Ellucian's Banner for end users. The software, for these needs, is reliable and straight forward to use.

    Pros

    The ability to have reports scheduled to run and be run on demand is vital for my team. I value that you are able to access the reporting platform via the web or an application. The application/desktop version is more robust and is my preferred option. Exporting reports to .csv's is a good option with data manipulation needs to occur. Dashboards in Argos are helpful for viewing records and other items without having to export data.

    Cons

    The inability to view the SQL logic behind the reports/queries is frustrating as an end user. I understand from a security perspective why this is not allowed. The web interface tends to time out on larger/more complex queries.

    Verified Reviewer
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    • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

    A bit frustrating as a second-level user in an organization, but provides valuable information!

    Reviewed on 19/06/2018

    This software provides real-time access to data and statistics and provides a lot of flexibility in...

    This software provides real-time access to data and statistics and provides a lot of flexibility in reporting options, so that you can get the information in a format that works for your needs!

    Pros

    I have use this software as a part of my Lead Support role at Lansing Community College. It is very handy to have access to information that pulled real-time from our college's student information system, and it has a LOT of flexibility in the way that you can set up and run reports to meet your statistical needs.

    Cons

    I am a second-level user in the fact that I can run reports, but I do not have administrative access to the software. For me, it tends to get a bit frustrating when I want more advanced information and I have to get a response from elsewhere in the organization to create a report that fits my needs. I don't think this software is particularly intuitive either. I am really adept at learning software, so I caught on quickly, but I often find myself training other people in our office, especially at ways to manipulate the reports to generate the information that you want. It sometimes takes a few tries to find and generate things in a format that works well!

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    Argos has the following typical customers:

    Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1,000, 1,001+

    Argos supports the following languages:

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